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Indigo Dyed Naalbind Socks

February 14, 2012
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Last autumn, I dyed some Lopi icelandic wool singles skeins with indigo as a test before dying the wool for the kaftan fabric.  I was excited by the way the yarn turned out; the color was rich and saturated.  I knew instantly what I wanted to make from them – naalbind socks.  Because I had a lot of other projects going on at the time, I reluctantly set the yarn aside for another time. I…

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Kaftan cloth–weaving calculations

October 15, 2011
Kaftan cloth–weaving calculations

Now that I know the sett of the kaftan cloth based on my sampling, in order to start winding the warp and to figure out how much dyed yarn the project will require, its time to recalculate my yarn needs. To see my previous estimate, go here. I’ve chosen wool as the fiber for the Kaftan fabric, and the yarn I have selected is a 20/2 lace weight worsted wool made by Jaggerspun called Maine…

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Indigo dyeing for the kaftan project

September 26, 2011
Covered indigo dye pot.

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Yarn preparations for indigo dyeing

September 17, 2011
Yarn preparations for indigo dyeing

The first step in preparing the yarn for dyeing is to wind it off the cones and into skeins. Dear friends gifted me with a skein winder making this whole process much easier.  I divided the one pound cones into four skeins of roughly the same size.  This was purely guess factor on my part.  I could have gotten much closer to 1/4 pound skeins if I had set the cone on a scale.  Don’t…

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Sunday felting and a look at the indigo dye pot

September 12, 2011
Sunday felting and a look at the indigo dye pot

Sunday was a good day.  Started with checking the indigo dye vat and it’s cooking along nicely.  Its already developed that bronzy indigo “bloom” on top.  That is from the previous indigo in the vat.  The new batch I put in has a few days to go.  Lovely isn’t it? Around noon, my friends Dawn and Merrit came over for afternoon of felting.   Dawn and I had a really good in depth discussion about…

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